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Antibacterial Kiosk Touchscreen Wipes Coatings

AntiBacterial Kiosk Solutions

antibacterial kioskAntimicrobial and antibacterial solutions for touchscreens and kiosks  have been around a long time and there has been improvements over the years.  Important in the self-service terminal that the treatment does not affect the touchscreen

The primary difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial substances is the types of microorganism they act upon. While antibacterial products prevent the development of bacteria, antimicrobial agents such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. This is a much broader scope of protection than the protection found in antibacterial products.

Cleansing wipes are one type of product that is available as both an antibacterial product and an antimicrobial product. Antibacterial hand wipes kill bacteria, while antimicrobial wipes kill bacteria plus other microorganisms that can cause human illness. Both antibacterial and antimicrobial wipes can be a component of effective hand hygiene.

Antibacterial Kiosk Solutions

PDI Easy Screen

Compatible touchscreen cleaner that works.

• Features the power of 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA)
• Fast-drying, No residue, Anti-fogging, Anti-streaking
• Rapidly cleans dirt, grime, fingerprints, and smudges
• Compatible with touchscreen healthcare equipment, including Corning® Gorilla® Glass (3 and 4)1, Sapphire glass, Aluminum silicate, Acrylic Glass, Etched glass, Stainless steel, and more!  MSDS Sheet.

Sanitech Information

SurfaceClean is a hospital-grade cleaner disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces.

SurfaceClean- enhances the effectiveness of our antimicrobial coatings by properly preparing surfaces for antimicrobial treatment

SurfaceClean is designed for use prior to the application of long lasting antimicrobial products. It is also recommended for regular maintenance cleaning.

SurfaceClean is a cost effective and easy to use solution. SurfaceClean is available in 32 ounce spray bottles and 1 or 5 gallon containers.

 SurfaceClean Disinfects and Eliminates:

      • 99% of Germs and Bacteria
      • Healthcare associated MRSA
      • Community associated MRSA
      • H1N1 Flu Virus
      • SARS
      • Avian Influenza
      • Hepatitis
      • Mumps
      • Rhinovirus
      • Rotovirus

For how long?

SurfaceAide XL delivers durability, safety and affordability to protect vital surfaces from the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi 24/7 for up to 90 days.

SurfaceAide XL

  • Generates an environmentally friendly, non-leaching antimicrobial barrier on surfaces that is non-toxic and non-sensitizing
  • Promotes long-term reduction of harmful bacteria, mold and fungi on surfaces
  • Minimizes the presence of microbes on touch points that can serve as transfer routes for bacteria from surface-to-skin
  • One application effectively fights the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi, non-stop on surfaces for up to 90 days
  • Proactively and continually prevents odor, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew
  • Can be safely and easily applied without affecting day to day  operations
  • Invisible, odorless and will not affect the appearance or performance of treated surfaces
  • Since SurfaceAide XL does not leach, the organism cannot emerge as a new resistant microbe or “super bug”
  • Essentially dimethyl ammonium chlorides

DISINFECTANTS SUCH AS PDI

          • Spec Sheet
          • Safety Data Sheet – link – ingredients/etc
          • Technical Data sheet – link
          • Fast contact time allows for a quick room turnover
          • Compatible with a broad range of surfaces and equipment in healthcare
          • Meets CDC, OSHA and CMS Tag F441 guidelines
          • Bactericidal, Tuberculocidal, Virucidal
          • 55% Alcohol and dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides
          • Effective against 30 microorganisms in 2 minutes including the following MDROs, bloodborne pathogens and viruses:1
          • Acinetobacter baumannii
          • Klebsiella pneumoniae
          • Candida albicans
          • ESBL producing E. coli
          • Influenza A
          • MRSA
          • VRE
          • HIV
          • HBV
          • HCV

Clorox ProfessionalLink – competes with PDI.  Using “Quat Alcohol”.

Here is the Clorox info.  Same as PDI but percentages are not revealed.  Price is different I am guessing.

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AEGIS INFO

Treated vs. Untreated Surface — The unique AEGIS Microbe Shield is a fabric enhancement that gives the treated surface active antibacterial action. The germ-killing action is the result of a micro polymer coating, which mechanically destroys bacteria, mold, fungus and their allergens on contact. AEGIS contains no chemicals, is not consumed by microorganisms, and remains effective for the life of the product.

COPPER AND ALLOYS

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Copper alloys have the advantages of not only killing “bad bacteria” but they continue to kill it.  Chart compares copper, brass and stainless.

 

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And yes copper has an ROI model based on cost savings.

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UV-C Antibacterial Light

Another antibacterial  tool is UV-C light. It however has many cautions.

What Are Germicidal Lamps?

Germicidal lamps emit radiation in the UV-C portion of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum, which includes wavelengths between 100 and 280 nanometers (nm). The lamps are used in a variety of applications where disinfection is the primary concern, including air and water purification, food and beverage protection, and sterilization of sensitive tools such as medical instruments. Germicidal light destroys the ability of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens to multiply by deactivating their reproductive capabilities. The average bacteria may be killed in 10 seconds at a distance of 6 inches from the lamp. The wavelength with the greatest effectiveness is 253.7 nm, which defines the germicidal lamp category with optimized wavelength for maximum absorption by nucleic acids. Germicidal lamps that generate energy wavelengths shorter than 250 nm (particularly 185 nm) are very effective in producing ozone, which is required for certain applications to oxidize organic compounds.

Hazard and Risks from Germicidal Lamp UV Radiation

UV radiation (UVR) used in most germicidal bulbs is harmful to both skin and eyes, and germicidal bulbs should not be used in any fixture or application that was not designed specifically to prevent exposure to humans or animals. UVR is not felt immediately; in fact, the user may not realize the danger until after the exposure has caused damage. Symptoms typically occur 4 to 24 hours after exposure. The effects on skin are of two types: acute and chronic. Acute effects appear within a few hours of exposure, while chronic effects are long-lasting and cumulative and may not appear for years. An acute effect of UVR is redness of the skin called erythema (similar to sunburn). Chronic effects include accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. UVR is absorbed in the outer layers of the eye – the cornea and conjunctiva. Acute overexposure leads to a painful temporary inflammation, mainly of the cornea, known as photokeratitis. Subsequent overexposure to the UV is unlikely because of the pain involved. Chronic exposure leads to an increased risk of certain types of ocular cataracts. Working unprotected for even a few minutes can cause injury. It is possible to calculate the threshold for acute effects and to set exposure limits. It is not possible, however, to calculate threshold for chronic effects; therefore, because no exposure level is safe, exposure should be reduced as much as possible.

UV-C Resources
More reference and useful links

Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article and even accepted an award for UV-C. Craig is also a senior manager for Olea Kiosks Inc.

Self-Service Kiosk Cleanliness – Before and After Deployment Considerations

Editors Note: This article was originally published on https://olea.com. We also recommend reviewing our section on AntiBacterial Kiosk Cleaners.


Clean Kiosks – Considerations Before and After Deployment

September 25, 2018

Kiosk cleanliness is a significant factor in ensuring peak performance and maximum uptime.

All too often, deployers look at interactive kiosks as a sort of “set it and forget it” device, paying little attention to the units once they’ve been placed.

If the units are performing as expected, why rock the boat? A kiosk that’s doing its job can free staff up to perform more complicated tasks, speed up operations and result in increased revenue.

But failing to give a kiosk a bit of love every now and then can lead to heartbreak down the road. Left unattended, the units can get dirty, inadvertently turning off potential users and creating an impression that can transfer to other aspects of the business. If a self-order kiosk in a restaurant lobby is filthy, what does that say about the kitchen?

In addition, with every user interacting with the same touchscreen, is that device serving as a transfer point for all types of nasty bugs? Is it any wonder that major supermarkets always provide antibacterial wipes for their customers to wipe down their shopping carts?  It’s expected and it is the first impression walking into the store.

Keeping a kiosk clean isn’t just about creating a good impression. Regular attention can also go a long way to extending the life of the of the unit, keeping it doing its job for years to come.

At the drawing board

The process of keeping a kiosk clean and in good working order begins with the design of the unit itself.

Do enclosures include keyed access panels that make it easy for staff to clean the inside of the enclosure while preventing unauthorized people from tampering with the inner workings? Is the PC and other components plans in such a manner that they are easily accessible?

Have the designers taken into account where the device will be located? A kiosk located outdoors near the beach will likely require more robust filtration than one located in a doctor’s office, while a self-order kiosk in a fast-food restaurant might need filters that protect the inner workings from grease buildup as well as front-facing fluid ingression resistance (aka IP65).

If the kiosk will be located in a parking garage, the enclosure itself might need to incorporate a coating that will protect it from car exhaust in addition to the day-to-day dirt buildup.

Enclosures for outdoor kiosks will also need to include robust gaskets and seals to protect inner circuitry from the elements and be designed in a manner that prevents water from pooling anywhere on the unit.

And anywhere there is specific cooling or heating involved there is an air intake, which means there will be air filters that require regular maintenance.

Different paint treatments for enclosure color will make a difference as well.  A textured paint will show a lot less dirt than a stainless steel finish. Outdoor units will also need to include climate-proof coating to protect it from humidity and other environmental factors.
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Kiosk Maintenance in the field

The real challenge in keeping a kiosk clean comes after the unit is placed into service.

Of course, the component that will need the most attention is the touchscreen. Depending on the use, the screen could interact with hundreds of users a day.

Touchscreen cleanliness can be of critical importance when deployed in health care facilities, where many of the users may be sick, or in an international airport, where users may be coming from all around the world.

A recent study conducted by Insurancequotes.com tested samples from a variety of surfaces at three different major U.S. airports and found that touchscreens harbored more than twice as many “colony-forming units” of bacteria and fungus as the toilet flush button in an airplane restroom. Although the study wasn’t large enough to draw a scientific conclusion, it did indicate that kiosk touchscreens require special attention when it comes to cleanliness.

Interactive Kiosk Cleaning and Maintenance

Still, deployers need to check and see what the manufacturer recommends when it comes to cleaning a touchscreen. Many screens have an “oleophobic” coating that is resistant to fingerprints; some cleaning chemicals can remove that coating. Fingers typically have a certain amount of body oil; just look at screen of your mobile device for proof. There are also a number of antimicrobial wipes on the market designed for cleaning touchscreens.

Before adopting any product making antimicrobial claims, deployers should seek out the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for that product. Most are available online. The Kiosk Industry website is also a good place to obtain information about cleaning products.

If a deployer does use cleaning products to clean a kiosk touchscreen, most deployers recommending spraying those chemicals on a cloth rather than spraying them on the screen itself.

For the enclosure itself, in many cases water and mild soap are sufficient for cleaning, taking care to ensure air vents are free of debris. A small handheld vacuum can be used to clean dust buildup from the inside of the enclosure (taking care not to damage circuit boards). That’s also a good time to check filters and replace them if needed.

A best practice example would be to adopt the same cleaning schedule as your customer counter.  In the morning wipe the kiosk touchscreen with something like Easy Screen and ideally at the end of business wipe it again.  Every day. Also any contact points, and while you are at it, do your mobile phone too!

Contracting the work

Unfortunately, in many businesses kiosk maintenance is close to the bottom when it comes to the list of priorities.

As kiosks have become more commonplace, though, a number of companies have sprung up to provide regular maintenance. For a deployer with dozens or hundreds of kiosks, farming out maintenance may be an option.

In addition to cleaning those kiosks on a regular basis, technicians can check fans, filters and other interior components for dust buildup and check connections to ensure they stay secure.

While hiring an outside company to conduct kiosk cleaning and perform preventive maintenance obviously comes with a cost, it may be negligible compared with costs of downtime and the impact of having customers see a dirty unit.

At the end of the day, the best way to ensure a fleet of kiosks achieve maximum uptime is to work with an experienced kiosk vendor who can recommend the actions a deployer can take to keep a kiosk clean and operational. Olea Kiosks stands ready to help.

Connected Technology Solutions Takes Innovation Award for UV-C Disinfecting Light for Kiosks

Antibacterial Kiosk

Source: www.latestsharenews.com

MENOMONEE FALLS, WI – 11 May, 2016 – Connected Technology Solutions, a Menomonee Falls, Wis., based manufacturer of kiosks and related self-service technology, has been named a winner of the 2016 I.Q. Innovation Awards for CleanTouch™, its ultra-effective UV-C light surface sanitizing solution.

CleanTouch™ is available on the company’s Patient Passport Express®, which is marketed as part of the CTS Healthcare Services® division. The PPE is a robust kiosk that provides check-in, bill-pay and other patient-facing functions at many of the country’s leading healthcare facilities, such as Cleveland

Antibacterial kiosk
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Clinic, Ohio State University Health Systems and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

By employing a continuous bath of UV-C light across the kiosk’s touch surfaces, CleanTouch™ rapidly kills up to 99.9-percent of bacteria and viruses, leaving the screen clean for subsequent users. After each transaction, when the user steps away, a quick 30-second wash of light disinfects the screen, making it clean and ready for the next patient.IQ Award 01

The award ceremony was held in Milwaukee the week of May 17th.  Sharing the stage with CTS were such nationally known companies as Astronautics Corp. of America, Briggs & Stratton and Fiserv Inc.  Accepting the award for CTS & Sandra Nix CEO were Jared Timm and Craig Keefner.

Note –  Another very cool company there in speaking role was Scanalytics which does floor sensors for measuring footfall.  Impressive stuff.